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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Anaheim Ducks News for Tuesday - Part 2

This part 2 of tonight's three part post.  This covers the rest of the news on our Ducks players.

Official Ducks site injury update and a look at Sutherby

For the first time this season the Ducks practiced injury-free on Tuesday, as the team finally exterminated the injury bug that had swarmed over at least one member of its roster since the start of the year.

The final Ducks to escape the injury report were Todd Bertuzzi (concussion) and Mathieu Schneider (sore hip), who each took part in practice before the team boarded an afternoon plane for Dallas.

While Schneider’s hip has only caused him to miss two games, Bertuzzi has been out of the lineup since Oct. 14, when the gritty veteran sustained a concussion via a hit from Minnesota’s Derek Boogaard.

“We have an opportunity to have Bertuzzi available if we choose to utilize him in Dallas,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We’ve missed his offense. We expect Bertuzzi to provide a level of offense that will give us more chances for success.”

On Sutherby

“He had lots of promise as a young player, when I first saw him as a 20-year-old,” Carlyle said. “I know he’s a competitive kid. I know that he can skate and play that aggressive, forechecking game that we require. I know that he’ll stand up and defend his teammates and himself.”

For Sutherby, the similarities between his style of play and the Ducks added to his enthusiasm regarding the trade.

“What also added to the excitement was the type of hockey that is played here,” Sutherby said. “Of the guys that I respect around the league and in the game, there are a lot of them in this dressing room that go to work every night and battle and stick up for one another. I’m just going to try and be another part of that puzzle.”

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The OC Register has a look at Bertuzzi and Schneider

Todd Bertuzzi practically has one leg over the boards and is close to hitting the ice in a game.

Bertuzzi has been cleared to play, unofficially ending his five-week recovery from a concussion, but the club will see how he comes out of Wednesday's morning skate before it decides whether to play him against Dallas.

"I'll see how I feel tomorrow and then at the pre-game skate and see if I can get in there ASAP," Bertuzzi said Tuesday.

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MVN has a look at Tuesday's practice and updates on various players

The Ducks practiced at Anaheim Ice on Tuesday before heading on their charter flight to Dallas this afternoon. The new guy, Brian Sutherby, was introduced to his teammates and likely linemates. He was skating on a line with George Parros and Brad May. He has passed his physical with the Ducks, so Ryan Carter is being sent back to Portland.

Coach Randy Carlyle coached Sutherby during his time with the Washington Capitals and said he had a phone call into Glenn O’Hanlon to get their views. Carlyle stated that he liked Sutherby “as a person and as a hockey player.” Everyone in the Ducks organization liked what Sutherby brings to the table in terms of skills. He can kill penalties, play a checking role, play an energy role. In his experience with Sutherby he found that the player is very “competitive, skates well, aggressive forecheck. Defends his teammates and himself.” Carlyle feels that the Ducks are giving a young player with lots of promise the opportunity to “play at a higher level than he has achieved thus far.”

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Bob Mckenzie wonders about Perry

There are a myriad of reasons why the Anaheim Ducks are eager to find out whether Scott Niedermayer is coming back to play and now that Ryan Getzlaf has been signed to a five-year contract extension, there's one more:

Corey Perry's long-term future in Anaheim.

If Niedermayer does return to the Ducks this season, and decides he is going to play next season too, the Ducks would have more than $53 million committed to salaries for 18 players next season. That, of course, is more than the current salary cap of $50.5 million. Those commitments for next season include virtually every key player on the team - Jean Sebastien Giguere, Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Francois Beauchemin, Mathieu Schneider, Sean O'Donnell plus forwards Getzlaf, Todd Bertuzzi, Andy McDonald, Chris Kunitz, Rob Niedermayer, Travis Moen, Sammy Pahlsson and Todd Marchant, amongst others - except for Perry.

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Ryan Carter has been sent back to the Pirates

Carter, 24 (8/3/83), has appeared in six regular season contests with the Ducks this season (scoreless). He made his NHL regular season debut on Sept. 30 against the Los Angeles Kings in London, England. The White Bear Lake, Minnesota native has also collected 1-0=1 point with 21 penalty minutes in five games with Portland this season.

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